China coal capacity to exceed targets

China 's coal production capacity will exceed its output target by at least 16% by 2010, Xinhua reported on Monday, a development that could derail the government's energy-efficiency plans.
Coal production capacity will top 3.1 billion tonnes by 2010, 500 million tonnes more than the government's plan, Xinhua news agency said, citing data from the coal mine safety administration.
The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China's top economic planning body, unveiled the country's five-year development plan for the coal industry earlier this year, estimating a demand of 2.6 billion tonnes in 2010 while setting an output target at the same level.
The NDRC said it had taken into account energy-intensive industry curbs, technology innovation and energy saving campaigns when making the demand estimate.